Annual report and reviews released

The annual report of the Office of the Ombudsman was presented today to the CBC Board of Directors. It is traditionally released following that presentation, along with the response from CBC News.

The report summarizes the record 91 findings in the 2011-12 fiscal year, identifies areas of concern, and provides some recommendations.

The Radio-Canada ombudsman's annual report is issued at the same time, along with the response from the news and information division.

Since my last post I have also released three findings and launched four reviews.

The first finding involved a complaint about the accuracy of a quote attributed to a federal spokesperson in a CBC.ca story about prison chaplain cuts. There was a violation of policy and CBC News has since corrected the content.

The second finding involved a complaint of unfairness and bias involving a CBC Radio segment on wind turbines. I did not find a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices.

The third finding concerned a complaint that two CBC Radio reports were graphic in nature and inappropriate for a young audience. I did not find a violation of journalistic policy.

Following public complaints and CBC News' response to them, I have launched three reviews under the mandate of the Office of the Ombudsman. One concerns the fairness and balance of a CBC Radio Vancouver segment on the Komagata Maru incident in 1914. A second involves the accuracy of a CBC.ca report on electronic cigarettes. A third involves the fairness and balance of a CBC Radio interview concerning Omar Khadr. A fourth concerns the accuracy of a CBC.ca report on the awarding of a Queen's Jubilee medal.